Monday, June 01, 2020

Cloud computing will see growth across all its models - Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Cisco had already predicted that by 2021, 94% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centres as opposed to traditional ones.

IaaS is the fastest-growing segment as corporations turn to cloud technology for better scalability and resource management - Gartner predicts that IaaS will expand to US$76.6 billion by 2022. We can also expect SaaS to continue growing and PaaS to gain popularity, with their markets forecasted to reach US$143.7 billion and US$31.8 billion respectively by the same year.

With cloud being one of the prime avenues for technological innovations, migrating to the cloud will be the future for enterprises, both large and small. Singapore’s Smart Nation project will see cloud adoption across industries take place rapidly, creating a demand for cloud computing professionals to support this new digital reality. Among the many cloud services providers in the market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) currently dominates global preference.

What is AWS?

Known as the world’s most comprehensive cloud platform, AWS provides a suite of over 175 fully-featured services from its data centres globally. These include infrastructure technologies from storage and computation to machine learning and artificial intelligence. These are offered at IaaS, SaaS and PaaS levels. AWS continues to innovate and address the growing demand for a range of cloud capability requirements, making it a leading choice for small and large enterprises worldwide.

Previously, we discussed how Microsoft Azure is essential to kickstart your career in cloud computing. In this article, we explore why acquiring AWS certification will set you up for success as you professionally develop yourself in this field.

1. AWS is the market leader

AWS emerges as the leading provider of cloud services worldwide, with Azure only gradually narrowing the gap. A 2017 Cloud Security Alliance research also reported that AWS comprises 41.5% of application workloads in the public cloud. As more enterprises begin to adopt cloud technology, they are more likely to turn to Azure and AWS - a recent report by Flexera noted that 52% of cloud beginners would choose AWS.

What does this mean for you?

AWS will remain a popular name in the market even as Microsoft Azure allows for comparable competition. Large enterprises will continue to opt for AWS as their cloud providers, increasing the need to employ AWS-certified professionals. Having an AWS certification itself is noteworthy - the robust AWS training entailed in each certification opens doors to many cloud opportunities, be they for AWS or other platforms.

2. AWS training stands out for its intensity and rigour

Each AWS certification across its four tiers - Practitioner, Associate, Professional and Specialty - explores detailed and sophisticated hands-on experience with the AWS infrastructure as well as with its range of complex components.

What does this mean for you?

Being AWS-certified shows potential employers that you are equipped with the skills required to design, deploy and manage applications on AWS. While the emphasis on recertification may not be unique to AWS, putting in the effort to go through AWS training known for its intensity and rigour signifies your commitment to maintaining your expertise in emerging cloud developments on AWS. You can show potential employers that your AWS certification credentials cover the latest technologies employed by the provider.

3. AWS certifications prepare you for the future of serverless computing

Serverless computing refers to a cloud model where architects focus on developing the functions of an application and leaving the provider to map the app layers together to build and complete the app. Despite its name, the server exists, but it is managed by the provider. It is referred to as Function-as-a-Service (FaaS), with many finding its familiarity with PaaS architecture. However, there is a key difference: PaaS developers work on the entire app while FaaS architects only care about functionality. Developers working on serverless architecture will only focus on the code and not how it will perform on the server - the provider manages the performance using serverless computing such as through AWS Lambda.

What does this mean for you?

Application functionality will become a key focus for enterprises who want to boost, above all else, functionality for improved user experience. According to Research and Markets, the market size for FaaS will grow to US$7.72 billion by 2021, with the highest growth to take place in the Asia-Pacific. AWS already dominates 70% of serverless computing market share with AWS Lambda as of 2018, according to the Register. This means we will see an inevitable demand for developers who can employ AWS capabilities on serverless architecture and cater to cloud needs across industries. For IT professionals, AWS will thus become a leading choice for training in serverless computing.

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